After a couple of weeks’ buildup, we have an immense number of links this week. Accio interesting stuff!
First, the Hogwarts Professor’s report on St Andrews’ academic conference on Harry Potter. The members of the Blogengamot who couldn’t catch a broom to Scotland for that experience are all thoroughly mopey for having missed it.
In the fantasy realm, in bullet points:
- George Lister lists the best fantasy for pre-teens. Other than Harry Potter, he says, because everyone already knows that one.
- i09 gives its picks for the most mind-blowing endings from science fiction and fantasy books. With spoilers, of course, so beware of the descriptions of those you’ve not read.
- Fantasy Faction offers a list of cliches that fantasy writers ought to avoid, some of which would seem ridiculous to exclude were it not for the clarifying note at the end.
- Lev Grossman tries to locate the best thing anybody ever said about fantasy ever, and comes up with a few options. More great words follow in the comments.